- First and foremost is to educate. Us, as parents, we are our children’s NUMBER ONE educators. They learn from us and watch our every move! What are you cooking for dinner? What types of foods do you keep in your house? Are you packing their lunches? What are YOU eating? Ultimately they have the choice to eat healthy or not. But educating them on what is healthy and WHY other foods are not (without nagging) is so important! Always give the “WHY!”
- Get back into the Kitchen! Cooking dinner and eating together is something seriously lacking in our country. If they don’t like it, they don’t eat it! Period! We have too many options in the US. In other countries kids will eat anything given to them… because that is all they have! I always keep that in mind with my own. Yes it is easy to give in and just give them something else, but that doesn’t mean it is better for them! Our children need to learn to be gracious, with all things… even food!
- Teach by example! Are you trying to get healthier by making your own lunches and eating dinner? Share your experience. Plus, they will be interested once they see how much better you feel! Maybe they will notice you have more energy to play with them and what to learn more!
- Don’t keep “junk” food in the house, but stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables for easy to grab snacks. We keep a giant bowl of fresh fruit that I cut up for my kids. Its easy and they love it!
- Try green smoothies! They are full of nutrition and are an easy way to get those greens in!
- Plan out your week! On Sundays I menu plan for the week and shop! This saves money, time, and then I am not tempted to order in for food. We all, including our kids, need to be eating five times a day… Three Meals and two snacks. Shop for nuts and dried fruit, fresh veggies and hummus, homemade lara bars, and of course fresh fruit!
- Try adding one new food per week. Instead of bombarding your kids, take baby steps to health. Baby steps are good for all of us! Little changes that make up life long changes for healthy living.
This recipe is a staple in my house. I have been making it for about a year and my family loves it (not just the kids)! It is a great way get some extra nourishment in that tastes great! We eat these for breakfast or snacks!
Naturally Made Sweet Potato and Oat Bars
- 5 medium sweet potatoes
- 4 cups of oats
- 3/4 cup of almond milk with 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of chia seed or ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbs pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbs coconut oil
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used unsweetened cherries and raisins)
- 1/2 cup raw nuts (I used pecans and slivered almonds
- a few grinds of Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt
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